Leslie Joren Wagner & I will be co-leading a Half-day Meditation Retreat at The Interdependence Project on Sunday May 6th from 9 am – 1 pm.
Designed for new meditators, people who want to sit for a longer period of time without attending a full retreat, and more experienced meditators who want an opportunity to cultivate their practice, the day will alternate between periods of sitting and walking meditation. All are welcome.
The Interdependence Project is located at 28 W. 27th Street, Suite 704, New York City.
The venue is accessible by elevator, but the bathrooms are not accessible by wheelchair.
Details and registration available here: http://theidproject.org/events/2018/05/06/half-day-meditation-retreat
I’m so grateful for everyone who came out on Friday to create such an amazing space of healing and community.
There was a lot of excitement about future offerings. We’ll be sending information directly to everyone who signed up for our list, you can also follow NYC POC Healing Circle on Instagram @nycpochealingcircle and on Facebook.
Deepest thanks to the anonymous benefactor who generously offered us use of such a beautiful space.
The venue for our 4/20 POC meditation & mindful movement practice has been changed.
Please join us in this intentional space of healing for people of color from 7-9 pm at Shambhala Hall 118 W. 22nd Street #6A, NYC.
$5-10 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Bring your own yoga mat.
facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/160900077889522
Join facilitators Maui Villapando, Ashleigh Eubanks & Betsy Fagin April 20th from 7-9 pm at
28 W. 27th Street Suite 704 NYC
for an evening of meditation and mindful movement.
Attending directly to the experiences of People of Color (POC) who daily inhabit the intersections of multiple oppressions, this will be a POC-only space.
Our practice involves periods of seated meditation, walking meditation and a gentle yoga sequence with modifications. Bring your own yoga mat.
The space has elevator access, but bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.
Suggested donation $5-$10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Just in time to help balance commercially-driven, hetero-normative Valentine’s day! I’m so happy to see The Open Photo Project highlighted recently by the BBC.
from the BBC:
“The Open Photo Project aims to reduce stigma about consensual non-monogamous relationships. In one recent study from the US 21% of the study’s participants reported having had some kind of non-monogamous relationship – but that number could be higher, owing to people not willing to share their personal circumstances.”
Here’s the BBC’s brief interview with Erika Kapin about the project.
More love for everyone!
Half-Day Meditation Retreat
with Betsy Fagin & Leslie Joren Wagner
The Interdependence Project
28 West 27th Street, Suite 704 NYC
Sunday February 4, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
I’m super-excited to meet up with Joren today to talk about the sit this weekend. I couldn’t be more grateful & excited about helping guide this retreat together on Sunday.
Let me hype Joren here by sharing her bio:
Leslie Joren Wagner is an artist who has been practicing meditation for 28 years. She took Buddhist precepts in 2009, studying for 16 years in the Soto Zen tradition of Maezumi Roshi. Leslie Joren is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher and has acted as a representative to the Buddhist Council of NY, developing community education and outreach programs such as Meditate NYC and the Buddhist Forum. She received a BFA from Parsons School of Design, receiving a 2017 Hemera Tending Spaces Fellowship. She continues to explore the connection between Art and Dharma, and considers art-making a meditative practice. To that end, she creates workshops which encourage people to blossom and share their own unique wisdom in the world. Leslie Joren is a graduate of the IDP Meditation Teacher Training and is most grateful to all of her teachers.
I can’t wait to sit with this amazing woman! The Interdependence Project has additional details (including info on registration) at their site here. Facebook’s got event details too.
There’s a trailer available to view now from the Empire performance that happened last month at TOTAH. It’s still so weird to hear my own voice recorded back, but that’s me talking at the beginning and there’s a clip of Marine reading some of my work later in the video including one of my favorite lines, “I feel safer already.”
I was a bit too skittish to perform much in Empire, but I’m super-excited about part 2, Desire. I am very much looking forward to it.
But for What’s My Axis? part 2: Desire will be happening at the Fridman Gallery as part of the
New Ear Festival 2018
Wednesday February 7th at 8pm.
FRIDMAN GALLERY is located at
287 Spring St. New York City.
Tickets are available here.
Still by Jeanne Krajka from But For What’s My Axis? part 1: Empire
Happy New Year!
I’ll be co-leading a half-day meditation retreat Sunday February 4th, 2018 at The Interdependence Project 28 West 27th Street, NYC.
From 9 am – 1 pm we’ll share a silent retreat in the heart of the city, alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Suitable for both new meditators and long-time practitioners. Join us!
Additional details (including registration & scholarship info) available here: http://theidproject.org/events/2018/02/04/half-day-meditation-retreat
Is there a better advertisement for the cultivation of mindfulness practices than the latest Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi? Luke’s final showdown!!?! Brilliant.
I haven’t found a clip to share of the part where Rey articulates the truth of interconnection / interdependence and realizes that the Force is about more than just lifting rocks, but if I find it I’ll post it here. It was lovely, and true.
Here in this galaxy, if you have an interest in cultivating your own practices of meditation and mindful awareness, I’m happy to recommend The Interdependence Project’s Meditation Teacher Training program in NYC. They’re accepting applications until January 5, 2018. I’m grateful to have been part of the 2017 cohort and am happy to talk about my experiences in the program if anyone has questions.
How will we build a rebellion? We have everything we need.
A couple poems from the latest manuscript have appeared online recently in the Spring 2017 issue of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.
Thank you to the editors for including and sharing my work.